Far From the Madding Crowd

What a wonderful movie this is. A great screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s tale of Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors. There’s no-good, selfish and totally useless Sergeant Troy whom she foolishly marries. Also poor, ill-fated Farmer Boldwood who learns to live with hope again, only for that hope to be dashed. I suppose Boldwood’s impulsive decision to kill the scoundrel Troy gives him a sense of heroic purpose. And then noble-hearted infinitely good Gabriel Oak. (Very aptly named after the angel Gabriel.) The man she eventually chooses. So heart-warming to see idealism and goodness triumph over stupidity and evil.

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